A Collingwood Football Club fan has been fined $1500 and banned from attending any AFL games for the next five years over his part in a violent brawl earlier this year.
Craig Clark, 36, sparked the wild fight in May when he was seen filming a father and son – both Carlton fans – and yelling towards them as they attempted to leave the MCG following their team’s 19-point loss.
At the time, Clark and his two victims Jack and Daniel Bennell, were arrested and charged with affray.
In a court appearance today, the Collingwood fan was given a 12-month good behaviour bond as well as the fine and league ban.
His father Brian told 9News he fought out during the affray in an attempt to protect himself and said he has since learned his lesson.
“(He had a) bloke hitting him from behind and the front. He thought, ‘I’m not going to let it happen again, I’m going to defend myself,’,” Brian Clark said.
“He won’t ever do that again – he’s remorseful. It broke him right up.”
The court also heard Clark has since had to undergo a full knee reconstruction as a result of injuries he sustained in the brawl.
In sentencing, the magistrate today noted that the Melbourne and AFL communities are fed up with brawls at games and that it could no longer be tolerated.
“I should have just walked away, and that’s what I’ve learned from this,” Clark told 9News outside court.